Auburn University debuts new collegiate license plate design

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Auburn University has introduced a new design for its collegiate license plate that is now available for purchase.

Proceeds from the sale of Auburn University license plates in Alabama go to the Auburn University "License to Learn" Scholarship Endowment Fund, a statewide program that raises funds for freshman scholarships. Approximately $1.9 million in scholarships was awarded in 2012-13.

"The Auburn University 'License to Learn' program was initiated in 1988, and since then more than $38 million has been raised to support students through academic scholarships. Alumni and friends of Auburn can easily join this effort by purchasing a tag for their vehicle in the state of Alabama. Help us send more students to Auburn as well as promote Auburn on our highways," said Debbie Shaw, vice president of alumni affairs.

The state requires the collegiate license plate designs to be changed every five years. The new design features the interlocking AU logo on the left side of the tag, a blue bar at the bottom with "Auburn" in white and "Alabama" at the top in an orange bar. Six characters will allow for additional personalization options.

Several new designs were considered, but in the end, Auburn alumni voiced their opinions via a survey, and one design in particular was overwhelmingly the favorite.

"I appreciate the university asking Auburn in-state alumni to participate in choosing the new tag design," Shaw noted. "Our graduates love to show their support of Auburn, and what better place than on the highways every day. I smile every time I see an Auburn tag. It tells me we have thousands of supporters in the state of Alabama, and they are proud to show their allegiance."

Auburn University collegiate license plates are available now at local county license offices. Both numbered tags and personalized tags are available; the cost of either one is $50 above the normal tag cost of $24.25. Collegiate license plates may be purchased at any time, regardless of the individual's tag renewal month.

Auburn tags are also available in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Texas. Tag sales from North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas also benefit scholarships.

For more information on Auburn's car tag program, go to or call the Auburn University Alumni Affairs office at (334) 844-2586.

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